Mi bonita amiga, Señorita Julie Brown, recommended this book to me a few days ago, saying that “the plot is about this nerdy fat lovable Domincan boy’s life” and that “the prose is wonderful.” Written by Junot Diaz, this book is lovely and terrifying and heartbreaking. It details the life of Oscar, an overweight, comic book reading, Dominican nerd who is obsessed with women but can’t get any. It tracks backward into the family’s history, living in the Dominican Republic during the rule of the dictator Trujillo, an absolutely horrible man. Diaz does a wonderful job of giving an insight into the life of a Dominican family; the tragedy of living under Trujillo, and the bad luck that follows this family from the Dominican to New Jersey. As Julie said, the prose is wonderful.
I can’t say enough great things about this book. I couldn’t put it down. Luckily for me I read faster than the speed of light, so I had finished it in the course of two days, but unluckily for me, that meant it was over. I wish this book could continue on forever, but of course they never do. I seriously recommend this book to anyone, you won’t regret it.